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April 26, 2012


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New deviantART Thumbnails

Thu Apr 26, 2012, 1:57 PM by danlev:icondanlev:
Hey folks! :wave:

You may remember a while back we showed off some brand new thumbnails in #hq's Journal. Well, after many weeks of porting and tweaking based on community feedback, we finally got these brand new thumbs ready for beta testing!

The new thumbnails

UPDATE (May 19, 2012): Based on feedback received, we've updated the new thumbnails to be justified. Thumbnails are now spaced out across the rows, making them flush against the left and right sides of the page. When a browser's window is too small, justification cannot happen without leaving larger awkward spaces. In these cases, justification is turned off and thumbnails become left aligned. We think these changes present the most appealing interface for both cases.

For those of you who didn't see the new thumbs when they were previewed a month back, here's a recap. :dummy:

The current deviantART thumbnails (the smaller versions of deviations) have served the community well for years; however, there's always room for improvement.

Some of the problems with existing thumbnails are: they leave a lot of blank space around them, there isn't a lot of room for text for literature deviations, and the thumbnails don't present very tall/wide images well. :nuu:

Now, we've created a new style of thumbnail, which hopes to solve a lot of these problems. :happybounce:
  • We've made all thumbnails bigger!
  • We're showing them in tidier rows with no unnecessary cropping, allowing you to see the deviation as it's meant to be seen!
  • For literature thumbnails, we have lightened the background to match the deviation and given it much more room for text.
  • For very tall and very wide deviations, we zoom in on the deviation instead of showing a hard-to-click, hard-to-see skinny thumbnail. We wanted to keep cropping to a minimum, but we think this new approach is much better for the artwork.
  • We've added a frame around wide, small, and transparent deviations to keep each row tidy.
  • The information underneath each thumbnail is aligned to the left for better readability.
  • The newest and popular sorting options have been combined into one menu to save space and simplify selection.  
New Deviantart Thumbnails by $DEVlANT

Where will it work?

These new thumbs will show when browsing deviantART from the home page, in members' galleries, in members' favorites and soon, we'll be expanding these new thumbnails to the deviantART Shop and artists' Prints pages.

Report any problems

If you find any bugs with the new thumbs, don't forget to submit them as a bug to the #devBUG bug tracker under the New Thumbs project and we'll try and get everything fixed up as soon as we can. :bug:

Stay devious,
$DEVlANT and $Dan14Lev :wormnomnom:

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Riftress Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I miss the big thumbs!! T^T
CryptoPhonic Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Ahhh the thumbnails don't get big anymore! when I insert 'big' in the thumb code D:
Iernamei Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
Hi i wanted to say that i went to my friends house the other night and i tried using devientart on her computer and honesty you need to fix the thumbs. I own a large high power computer and
have fast internet so until i tried using someone else's computer i had not encountered any issues with the new thumbs.

On my friends computer the thumbs just were not working, i was lucky if 1 - 2 thumbs per row even loaded and the ones that did not load could not be clicked. You really need to consider those
who don't have fast internet or the latest computer model as the thumbs as they are now are not even practical as they are not even working on everyones computers.

Also the fact that we can now view them in full view mode proves that you CAN have 2 different thumb sizes for the site. I know you are probably sick of hearing this but honestly i think the third
option on those buttons should be the old thumbs and not full view. No matter what way you look at it the big thumbs need revising, i'm not saying they should go but they are not working properly as they are now.
MidNightsCastedAngel Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Here's another thought,
so, I'm looking at the new thumbnails thing, and since I'm in beta testing I can see 'full view' as well. You're offering BIGGER things but not SMALLER.

How about Normal Veiw (Old view, the smaller thumbs). Newer View (or big, with grid||wall) and then Full. It seems pretty logical.
Kirbyofthestars1990 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
I hate it because some of the thumbnails won't load on my iPad
Fox-xx Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That's the exact problem I'm having. 98% won't load. I mainly go on my iPad so switching to the computer when I want to look at art which DA's primary function, it's really annoying. If that was fixed then I'd be happy.
AHMED-ART Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
the new Thumbnails sucks !
tf-regal Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
"Get used to it" is not a proper solution. This should never have been allowed to go this long without realizing many people would not want the big thumbnails and would like the option to keep the regular ones. Has anyone been reading the pages and pages of feedback to the latest update?
InstilledPhear Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I like the new thumbnails! I don't know why everyone's giving dA so much crap about it. Everyone else: get over it. In three days you'll forget it ever happened.
MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
It has been a few days, but no. I hope you realize that with these bigger thumbnails everyone gets less exposure as well. The design aspect is subjective but the functionality and usability has been downgraded as well.
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